About the Chula Vista Elementary School District
Located in southern San Diego County, the Chula Vista Elementary School District is high performing, and frequently honored for student academic achievement. The District’s 44 schools serve 28,700 students, primarily in grades K-6. Each District school has exceeded the state’s Academic Performance Index goal of 800, and 25 percent have API scores above 900—matching up with the best schools anywhere in San Diego County.
The District views charter schools as an opportunity for research and development of innovative educational practices. The District’s expectation is that programmatic freedom will foster high academic achievement for students. In fact, these are the premises on which charter school law was written. There are seven charter schools (including two independent charters) in the District: Arroyo Vista, Chula Vista Learning Community (CVLCC), Leonardo da Vinci Health Sciences, Discovery, Mae L. Feaster, Howard Gardner Community, and Robert L. Mueller. Four of the seven charter schools also enroll middle school students, and one—CVLCC—has expanded to high school.
Dual Language Immersion Program
The Dual Immersion Program is a language-oriented program designed to build fluency in both Spanish and English. Native Spanish and English-speaking children have the opportunity to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in both languages. There are 16 schools that offer a Dual Immersion program in the 2012-13 school year: Arroyo Vista Charter, Chula Vista Learning Community Charter *, Clear View, Discovery Charter, EastLake, Harborside, Anne and William Hedenkamp, Heritage, Liberty, Loma Verde, Los Altos, Salt Creek, Silver Wing, Valle Lindo, Valley Vista, and Veterans.
* School-wide Dual Immersion Program where students also are learning a third language: Mandarin.
In 2012, four District schools were honored for excellence by the National Center for Urban School Transformation. In addition, nine District schools were recognized as California Distinguished Schools: Chula Vista Hills, EastLake, Lauderbach, Montgomery, Otay, Palomar, Silver Wing, Valle Lindo, and Valley Vista.